Tangled plot, sensuous score: Cavalli’s Erismena illuminates the Jeu de Paume

Cavalli: Erismena ***

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence

You know you’re attending Baroque opera when the names of most of the characters (a) begin with a vowel and (b) are near anagrams of each other. With Erimante, Erismena, Orimeno and Aldimira all on the bill, making headway through the synopsis of Cavalli’s 1655 opera Erismena was like wading through treacle. Giving up at the third attempt, I happily settled back in the 500-seat Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and allowed Jean Bellorini’s spartan staging to lead me gently by the hand through the plot’s myriad twists and turns.

rancesca Aspromonte (Erismena)
© Pascal Victor

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